After my visit to Ayutthaya, I made a trip to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market the following day. As it is not easy to get to the floating market by public transport, I opted to follow a tour, which first took us to see the Maeklong Railway Market. The market seems like any typical wet market in Thailand selling local produce but what’s unique is that the train runs through the market several times a day.
Some big shot was making a market visit on that day
Within minutes before the train arrives, the vendors retract their awnings, and move their goods away from the track. All the carts are equipped with wheels so that they can be pushed away from the track easily.
Tourists all ready with their smart phones, tablets and cameras waiting for the arrival of the train
Here comes the train
For some goods displayed on the ground, the vendors don’t even bother moving them, as the train will just move swiftly above their goods.
We arrived at Damnoen Saduak Floating Market close to noon and even then, it was still jampacked with tourists. Most of the things on sale are trinkets and souvenirs that can be found in tourist attractions in Bangkok. It looks like the whole market is catered to tourists rather than an actual market for the locals.